Agora University’s Student Identity Verification Policy is in compliance with the requirements set forth by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). The HEOA requires that institutions offering online education have processes in place to ensure that the student registering for a course is the same student who participates in the course or receives course credit. The Act requires that institutions use one of the following three methods:
- A secure login and pass code;
- Proctored examinations; or
- New or other technologies and practices that are effective in verifying student identification.
Student ID and Password
All students registered for coursework at Agora University are provided with a secure user ID and password. Access to online courses is controlled by the use of the secure User ID and password.
Learning Management System (LMS)
Agora University uses NEOLMS as its Learning Management System. Students access the LMS with their unique Student ID and Password. The unique User ID and password are used to verify that a student who registers for an online course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program.
The small faculty to student ratio ensures close interaction between students and faculty and the ability of faculty to manage student identity via for any sudden change in academic performance, change in writing style, online discussions, or email inquiries. More importantly, constant contact between the students and faculty by phone, Skype, or other technological means assures the faculty of the student’s identity.
Students enrolled in courses at Agora University are responsible for providing complete and true information in any identity verification process.
Verification of Identity
All students submit a personal photograph and a government-issued photo ID at the time of admission. Staff and Faculty verify the identity of all students using Skype and Zoom for interviews, online lectures, academic advising and general inquiry video sessions.